Students with an Amazon Prime subscription can now get Amazon Music for just 99 cents a month, down from the student price of $4.99, Reuters reported on Tuesday (Aug. 5).
With Amazon Music Unlimited, subscribers can listen to more than 50 million songs. Amazon’s Prime Student membership is discounted 50 percent and costs $6.49 per month. Aside from unlimited music, student subscribers also get two-day shipping for free and access to Amazon’s video streaming platform.
Comparatively, music streaming services from Apple and Spotify cost students $4.99 per month, which is 50 percent off normal subscription prices.
In April, Amazon launched its music streaming service for customers with Alexa, with or without Prime membership. Those with Alexa now have access to play a station based on a song, artist, era or genre, and hear some of Amazon Music’s top global playlists. For now, the launch only includes U.S. customers with an Alexa-enabled device. Amazon already offers its Prime Music service as part of its Prime subscription at $119 per year, as well as its Amazon Music Unlimited subscription for $9.99 per month (or $7.99 per month for Prime members).
Amazon’s music streaming service is facing stiff competition. Earlier in April, Apple Music surpassed Spotify in the number of paid subscribers it has in the United States — Apple Music had 28 million paid subscribers to Spotify’s 26 million as of February. Apple Music also has a growth rate of 2.6 percent to 3 percent, compared to Spotify’s monthly rate of about 1.5 percent to 2 percent.
Apple Music is also growing faster around the world at 2.4 to 2.8 percent versus Spotify’s 2 to 2.3 percent, with Apple Music’s biggest growth from other English-speaking places where iPhone use is high and iTunes was popular. It’s also available on Android devices, and it’s been installed 40 million times from the Google Play store.